Eli grew up in western Massachusetts, and later moved to Westchester County to attend college. After receiving his BA in Jazz performance and Percussion from SUNY Purchase, he moved to Brooklyn, where he got his degree in Mental Health Counseling from Brooklyn College. The grandson of holocaust survivors, Eli is a second-generation Jewish-American of Polish and Russian Heritage. He feels connected to New York City because his family has deep roots here.
Eli worked at a Jewish mental health agency where he facilitated both group and individual therapy. Additionally, he worked in a music and art therapy setting for individuals with developmental disabilities. He has worked with individuals suffering severe mental illness, including Schizophrenia, Bipolar Disorder, and borderline personality disorder.
Eli takes an eclectic approach to therapy, drawing from psychodynamic, CBT, and mindfulness-based modalities. He tailors his treatment to the unique needs of each client. He holds the therapeutic relationship as a unique and essential platform from which to explore thoughts, feelings, and patterns. Eli seeks to facilitate self-acceptance, self-esteem, and resilience, while helping the client to build a greater understanding of their inner-world. Eli is familiar with the research on a wide range of actionable, science-based tools for physical and mental health.
Music is a passion for Eli. He enjoys honing his skills as a jazz drummer and guitarist, as well as attending and occasionally performing at musical venues. Eli is an avid chess player and former college soccer player. He practices self-care through a daily mindfulness practice. He maintains his physical and mental wellbeing through physical activities such as running, cycling, and playing soccer.
As a Brooklyn resident, Eli appreciates the option of visiting parks or other quiet locations away from the chaos often associated with fast-paced city life. Eli enjoys the NYC metro area for its diverse cultural landscape and endless offerings of shows, events, and activities. Eli has contributed to his community through coaching youth soccer, working as a hospice volunteer, and supporting local animal shelters.